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Arsenal vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

02 August 2018

Antonio Rudiger and Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the goals in normal time - with the former coming five minutes in while "Laca" netted mere seconds before the end in dramatic fashion.

But his efforts, unfortunately, were not enough to take his side to a win as Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed his kick from the spot in the penalty shootouts, giving Arsenal the victory.

Aaron Ramsey did not feature against Chelsea despite being named in the starting XI, after picking up a minor injury in the warm-up.

The Gunners will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season after they ended up in sixth place and without a trophy last term.

Teenage forward Hudson-Odoi then breezed past Bellerin on three occasions to create chances for Morata before the interval.

Cesc Fabregas' shot, after a fine run from Hudson-Odoi, was turned behind by Cech and from the resulting corner the unmarked Rudiger rose highest to power home a header.

Chelsea continued to create chances, with Morata's header following Hudson-Odoi's cross deflected for a corner.

Unai Emery has named a strong side with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line up front while Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan offer support in attack.

"Hudson-Odoi is a very young player", he said.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri replaced Fabregas with Danny Drinkwater and sent on Andreas Christensen for David Luiz during the interval.

Sarri made further changes in the 63rd minute when Davide Zappacosta, Emerson, Victor Moses and Tammy Abraham replaced the Spanish quartet of Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Morata.

Alex Iwobi's introduction on 65 minutes brought fresh urgency to Arsenal, and the Nigeria worldwide had shots saved by both by Caballero and his replacement Marcin Bulka.

The late goal meant a second successive penalty shoot-out for Chelsea, who recently won against Inter Milan but were beaten 6-5 this time.